Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa Ski Descent - SOLD OUT

Ski off the two highest peaks in the Alps. Two amazing ski descents. Mont Blanc, 4808 meters to Chamonix, 1030 meters; Pointe Dufour of the Monte Rosa, 4634 meters, Zermatt, 1600 meters. The vertical drop from the summit of Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa to the towns of Chamonix and Zermatt are enormous. We will attempt to ski from these summits in some of the most spectacular scenery the Alps have to offer.


April 24, 2017 - April 29, 2017

$2,600.00
Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Very difficult

Skills Required:  Advanced skiing ability and prior ski touring experience 

Fitness Level: Very strenuous due to climbing and skitouring at high altitude

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Guided
  • Ratio: 3:1,6:2
Ski off the two highest peaks in the Alps. Two amazing ski descents.  Mont Blanc, 4808 meters to Chamonix, 1030 meters; Pointe Dufour of the Monte Rosa, 4634 meters, Zermatt, 1600 meters. In all reality the numbers speak for themselves. The vertical drop from the summit of Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa to the towns of Chamonix and Zermatt are enormous. We will attempt to ski from these summits in some of the most spectacular scenery the Alps have to offer.

Suggested itinerary:
We will meet on Sunday afternoon in Chamonix and go through a thorough gear check.
Day 1:  There is not much of a warm up this week. We will start by skiing the super- classic Couloir Cosmique from the Aiguille de Midi if it is in condition. We might also ski across the Plateau du Geant and ski down to Le Pavillon in Italy via the Glacier de Toule. We will cap off the day with a run down the famous Vallee Blanche and return back to Chamonix for the night. It is important to be ready for this day. 
Day 2: We will take the gondola back up to the Plan de l'Aiguille and tour up to the Refuge les Grands Mulets at 3057 meters. This day is not that strenuous. 
Day 3:  We will be getting up in the dark and start skinning up towards the summit of Mont Blanc via Point Bravais, Col du Dome and the Refuge-Bivouac Vallot (4362 meters).  We should reach the summit of Mont Blanc (4808 meters) in about 6 hours. The descent from the summit will take us past the famous Grand Plateau and from there down the Glacier des Bossons to Chamonix or back to the Plan de l'Aiguille. The descent will certainly cover 8,000 feet of vertical, possibly more. After a bit of relaxation in Chamonix we will transfer to Zermatt in the evening. 
Day 4:   We will summit the Breithorn (4164 meters) or the Pollux (4092 meters) before we ski the super-classic Schwarztor down to the Gornerglacier and ascend for about 2 hours to the Monte Rosa hut (2883 meters).  
Day 5:   Another early start will get us underway up the Monte Rosagletscher and up to the Satteltole at around 4300 meters. From here we will climb the easy but somewhat exposed summit ridge to the Dufourspitze (4634 meters). It might also be possible to skin up to the Silbersattel and climb directly to the summit from there. The descent back down to Zermatt will cover right around 10000 feet of vertical. Unforgettable. 
Day 6:   This day is reserved as a weather day. If weather and conditions are on our side, we might just go corn skiing on the Cervina side for the day. 

Please be aware that this trip is a full-blown ski mountaineering trip in high alpine terrain. Excellent fitness, skiing ability and prior ski mountaineering experience are a prerequisite.


FAQ’S

HOW DO I GET TO CHAMONIX?
Best is to fly into Geneva and take the bus which leaves right from the baggage claim area.  Once you leave the baggage claim area, look across the hall.  The counter is located on the other side of the hall.  The bus is called Chamonix Bus and leaves from just outside the baggage claim area.

SHOULD I CHANGE DOLLARS INTO EUROS IN GENEVA?
It is better to wait until you get to Chamonix.  That way you pay the change rate only once (as opposed to from Dollars to Swiss Francs then to Euros). 

HOW DO WE GET TO ZERMATT?
This will be organzied by Pro Guiding Service and is included in the trip.  Please make sure to keep your extra luggage to a reasonable amount.

DO YOU SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?
Yes, we speak French, German and Italian.  Martin actually grew up in the Zermatt Valley, and knows many locals in Zermatt and the surrounding area. 

THIS TRIP FEATURES SOME SERIOUS SKIING. SHOULD I BRING MY HEAVY STUFF?
I would not bring super light ski touring gear, but it is definitively a ski mountaineering trip.  There is a lot of everything going on during this trip: Technical skinning, hard skiing, and strong physical pushes. Try to optimize it!

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IN THE OFFICE WITH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS at info@proguiding.com or call us direct at 001 425 888 6397.



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CLOTHING


BASE LAYER    Men's - Womens's


o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
o            Non-Cotton Underwear
o            1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweight
o            Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pair
o            Ski Socks - 2 pair
MID LAYER    Men's - Women's
o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
o            Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell
OUTERWEAR    Men's - Women's
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants –may be omitted w/ Schoeller™ type pants
o            Warm Hat - should cover ears
o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
o            Lightweight Gloves
o            Ski Gloves
INSULATION    Men's - Women's
o            Down or Synthetic Jacket

PERSONAL GEAR
o            Day Pack - 25 to 40 Liter
o            Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth
o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
o            Goggles
o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
o            Lip Balm - SPF 15+
o            Personal Toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
o            Waterless hand cleaner- there is no running water in the huts.
o            Small Personal 1st aid kit - blister repair (Compeed™), aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.
o            Ear Plugs - essential for sound sleep

SKI GEAR
o            Skis - Alpine Touring or Telemark
o            Ski Boots - Alpine Touring or Telemark – no downhill boots
o            Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not required
o            Alpine Touring Bindings - Lightweight recommended
o            Climbing Skins
o            Ski Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED!
o            Ski Brakes

SAFETY GEAR
o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only, new batteries at start of trip
o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice

TECHNICAL GEAR
o            Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweight
o            Boot Crampons - STEEL ONLY; NO ALUMINUM!, check fit prior to departure
o            Anti-Balling Plates - fit to crampons
o            Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style.
GLACIER TRAVEL KIT
o            2 Locking Biners - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker
o            3 Non-locking Biners - any style, we recommend wire gates
o            2 Cordelettes - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied
o            1 Sewn Sling - nylon or spectra, double-length

OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
o            Camera - we’d like some shots for the PGS website!
o            Skin Wax
o            Thermos - vacuum type
o            Note Pad and Pencil - Rite-in-the-Rain brand waterproof notebook works
o            Compass - adjustable declination a must
o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well
o            Sleep Sack - lightweight silk or cotton
o            Warm Socks - to sleep in
o            Foot Powder
o            Cash - see note below

GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS  
o            Ropes
o            Technical Group Gear and VHF radio
o            Group 1st Aid Kit
 
➢            We recommend bringing cash for use in the huts to purchase snacks, lunches, and drinks.  Water must be purchased and costs approximately $7 per liter.   Most Pro Guiding Service customers have found bringing $200 to $250 in the local currency allows for a good hot meal in the afternoon and plenty of drinks (including beer) for a six-day hut trip.
 Please be aware that this trip is a full-blown ski mountaineering trip in very high alpine terrain. Excellent fitness, skiing ability and prior ski mountaineering experience are a prerequisite.
FAQ’S
HOW DO I GET TO CHAMONIX?
Best is to fly into Geneva and take the bus which leaves right from the baggage claim area.  Once you leave the baggage claim area, look across the hall.  The counter is located on the other side of the hall.  The bus is called Chamonix Bus and leaves from just outside the baggage claim area.
SHOULD I CHANGE DOLLARS INTO EUROS IN GENEVA?
It is better to wait until you get to Chamonix.  That way you pay the change rate only once (as opposed to from Dollars to Swiss Francs then to Euros). 
HOW DO WE GET TO ZERMATT?
This will be organzied by Pro Guiding Service and is included in the trip.  Please make sure to keep your extra luggage to a reasonable amount.
DO YOU SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?
Yes, we speak French, German and Italian.  Martin actually grew up in the Zermatt Valley, and knows many locals in Zermatt and the surrounding area. 
THIS TRIP FEATURES SOME SERIOUS SKIING. SHOULD I BRING MY HEAVY STUFF?
I would not bring super light ski touring gear, but it is definitively a ski mountaineering trip.  There is a lot of everything going on during this trip: Technical skinning, hard skiing, and strong physical pushes. Try to optimize it!
FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IN THE OFFICE WITH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.


Also read this: http://blog.scarpa.com/skiing-canalone-marinelli/
or this original trip report of our Marinelli descent with more pictures:https://www.proguiding.com/index.php/blog_admin/manage_blog/edit/id/43/